There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. -Non est ad astra mollis e terris via
Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)
Source: Hercules Furens, 437
Contributed by: Zaady
There has not been any great talent without an element of madness. -Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit
Source: De tranquillitate animi, XVII.10
A giant will keep his size even though he will have stood in a well. -Colossus magnitudinem suam servabit etiam si steterit in puteo
The evil which assails us is not in the localities we inhabit but in ourselves.
Source: Moral Essays, "De Tranquillitate Animi" (On Tranquility of Mind)
The road be precepts is tedious, by example short and efficacious.
Source: On Travel as a Cure for Discontent
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man.
Source: On a Happy Life (L'Estrange's Abstract), chap. i.
What must be shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles, is little more than choice to him that struggles.
He who decides a case without hearing the other side . . . though he decides justly, cannot be considered just.
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
There is nothing which persevering effort and unceasing and diligent care can not accomplish.
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